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    News - iPlayer to go global?

    BBC Director-General says international version could be ready within the year.
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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    Do you think that the BBC should expand the scope of the iPlayer, or focus on the domestic market that the Corporation was set-up to serve?
    By expanding iPlayer to international audiences, they are serving the domestic market. Aditional revenue from BBC Worlwide means either less cuts to UK services or less need to increase the license fee. I really don't see what the problem is. Especially if they are also going to make iPlayer available to license fee payers along with service personel wherever they are in the world. That is most definitely a good thing. I would imagine that would all come under the same platform so it makes complete sense.

    It would be good if more of their back catalogue was made available on demand too though. I know a lot is made available on DVD, but having complete libraries of the classic BBC sitcoms, documentaries and dramas available directly through iPlayer apps on TVs and set top boxes would be a great thing if you ask me.

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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    They show Family Guy all the time.. Stick that on iPlayer please BBC .

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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    Not likely due to not being a BBC produced show.

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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    hold on... don't we pay our TV license for this?

    To be honest I was quite shocked that the BBC website had adverts on it when I was in the US.
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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    hold on... don't we pay our TV license for this?

    To be honest I was quite shocked that the BBC website had adverts on it when I was in the US.
    I'm confused. Either you're saying you want people in the UK to pay to make the BBC free to the rest of the world or that you expect the BBC to some how automagically work out you've paid your licence fee while you're accessing their services from outside the UK.

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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    hold on... don't we pay our TV license for this?

    To be honest I was quite shocked that the BBC website had adverts on it when I was in the US.
    Why shouldn't they Jay? Do you want your license fee paying for the US to get quality news?

    Did you not read this part:
    He also outlined plans to let "UK licence fee payers and servicemen and women use the UK iPlayer wherever they are in the world," though offered no further information on how this might be achieved.

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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    hold on... don't we pay our TV license for this?

    To be honest I was quite shocked that the BBC website had adverts on it when I was in the US.
    Oddly thats because people in the US dont pay for UK TV licenses...who'd have thought it

    Better outsiders get adverts than no access at all.

    When I was last in the US, I used a VPN to use iPlayer, worked quite nicely, but proper (read free) iPlayer access would be nicer.

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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    no I confused myself actually.

    It was a "hold on i'm not paying for them to watch TV"

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    "Oh hold on they had adverts on the BBC website when I was in the US that will pay for it"
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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    If it's profitable, nothing against it. If it runs at a loss and comes out of the licence fee that's different, but as far as I know, BBC worldwide makes a load of money.

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    Re: News - iPlayer to go global?

    "Within the year" sounds pretty leisurely for a corporation as large as the BBC. I regret not being able to receive the BBC in the country I currently reside in, and I hope they come up with something good... I'd actually be willing to pay for content, something I've never done before on the internet.

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